Louise’s Rules to Live By
As we hit the New Year, everyone is busy making lists of hardcore resolutions that they might just not stick to (I’ve sworn I’ll learn to surf for the last 3 years, and still not touched a surfboard!). So instead, this year, I felt inspired to write down the things that matter most to me, that I promise to value and uphold. What are your own rules to live by? I’ve left number 10 blank, for you to fill in the comments section below.
1. Pursue a passion.
If that hobby turns into a career – even better. My Dad always said if you enjoy your job, you’ll never work a day in your life.
2. Ditch the packets
A few months ago I gave up processed or sugar-free food, and snacks in packets (except for the natural ones!). Junk messes with your system. I’ve actually ended up eating more, and feeling slimmer.
3. Learn to Meditate
Earlier this year I had moments where I felt like I couldn’t cope. My work schedule was overloaded, I was exhausted, and I felt full of anxiety. A friend recommended downloading MindSpace, an app that teaches you to meditate. I’ve since read that meditation has profound physiological effects on the body, genuinely promoting changes that help combat stress. And ps. I’m no spiritual yogi – meditation can be 5 minutes every few days – but it still helps. Pretty awesome stuff.
4. Give yourself a makeover.
This is not trivial. One thing I learnt from hosting Plain Jane on MTV, was that most of the girls I helped didn’t make the effort because they didn’t feel they deserved it. Well, you do! Wear the bright dress you never thought you could, get a blow-out, have a manicure. You’ll be surprised how it boosts your confidence and mood.
5. Tomorrow is a new day.
I’m as guilty of anyone at worrying and over-complicating things. Keep it simple, try to put problems into perspective, and always, always sleep on it. That last sentiment is from my wise Mum!
6. Never, ever stop learning.
No matter how many degrees you’ve earned of countries you’ve traveled to, there is always more to soak up, experience and learn. For me, that means more travel, and more reading. I took English literature at university, and one of my biggest comforts is always having a novel with me to dive into, no matter which airport or hotel I’m stuck in.
7. Work hard. In fact work your butt off!
Millennials are copping a lot of flack as a lazy generation, but just look at fellow bloggers…quite the opposite! Whatever job you’re given, be it an internship, a school paper or cooking a soup, do it well. When I first joined Elle magazine ten years ago as an intern, a wise editor told me to get in early, stay late, and keep a smile on my face even if I was photocopying. People notice, and it pays off!
8. Be Kind.
This is my numero uno. You guys know I’m a huge fan of female empowerment, and women helping other women is crucial. There’s always a choice whether to smile at someone or not, whether to help them at work when they’re stuck, whether to listen to their problems with empathy. A good girlfriend is gold. My old girl group has stayed strong for 15 years, even when I moved across the world to LA, because it’s full of kind, caring women.
9. See New Places
I grew up the daughter of a travel journalist, and until I was a teenager, didn’t really appreciate what a huge deal it was to have seen the world. Now it’s my priority! Traveling is fun, but it also teaches you an appreciation for new culture, language, history, architecture, food, music…the lot! Even if you just hit the road with a flask of coffee for a road trip, adventures are worth it. My favorite place in the world is a tie between Paris and London. Both so different, but both full of their own, unique energy.